Jul
20
2017
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The only common thread in the ongoing investigation of two cases of Legionnaires’ disease in Kennewick, Washington is a Gold’s Gym membership.

Two women in their 70s and 80s were treated in the hospital this month for their illnesses with Legionnaires’ disease, and have since been discharged and are now recovering. As the investigation is still in the early stages, the cases have not been officially linked to the Kennewick Gold’s Gym as the source, but given the commonality, the gym is being investigated as possibly being responsible for the illnesses of these woman.

The gym has closed down the pool and hot tub area as a precaution. Both women who contracted Legionnaires’ disease were reportedly in the pool and hot tub area. The Washington State Department of Health is aiding in the investigation where the Benton-Franklin Health District plans to take samples from the gym and test for the presence of Legionella bacteria, which is the bacteria that causes Legionnaires’ disease.

If you believe you or someone you know has been diagnosed with this disease, Contact us to see what we can do to help.

Jules Zacher is an attorney in Philadelphia who has tried Legionnaires’ disease cases across the U.S.  Please visit LegionnaireLawyer.com again for updates.

 

Posted by jzacher">jzacher at 4:52 pm
Jul
20
2017
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The summer risk of Legionnaires' disease

 

Legionnaires’ disease is the disease is caused by bacterium called Legionella, which is found most often in fresh water. Symptoms include pneumonia and, in some cases, the infection can be deadly.

He says the infection is not spread from person to person. Instead, you get it by inhaling the bacteria that’s been aerosolized, which means ultamicroscopic particles that are suspended in air or gas.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, outbreaks are commonly associated with buildings or structures that have complex water systems, such as hotels and resorts, long-term care facilities, hospitals and cruise ships. The most likely sources of infection include water used for showering, hot tubs, decorative fountains and cooling towers (parts of centralized air-conditioning systems for large buildings).

 

Posted by jzacher">jzacher at 3:56 pm
Jul
20
2017
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The hot tub and pool facilities at the Guest House at Graceland have been linked to an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease involving 9 people so far.  Jules Zacher, Esq., has been retained by one of the individuals who is believed to be associated with this outbreak.

The pool facilities were closed while the Shelby County Health Department completed their investigation, but as of Wednesday, July 19, 2017, the hotel was allowed to reopen their aquatics. Test results of the water taken from the facilities since news of the suspected outbreak broke now show that Legionella bacteria would no longer be able to survive there.

Legionnaires’ disease is an illness that is caused by exposure to Legionella bacteria that is aerosolized and inhaled into the lungs. Symptoms may include coughing, high fever, lethargy, vomiting, and memory loss.

Shelby County Health Department is urging anyone that was present at the Guest House at Graceland between May 15 and June 26, 2017 and experienced symptoms reminiscent of Legionnaires’ disease to call their hotline at (901) 222-9299.

If you believe you or someone you know has been diagnosed with this disease, Contact us to see what we can do to help.

Jules Zacher is an attorney in Philadelphia who has tried Legionnaires’ disease cases across the U.S.  Please visit LegionnaireLawyer.com again for updates.

Posted by jzacher">jzacher at 3:06 pm
Jul
18
2017
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The estimated 350 residents of Westminster Towers retirement community have been warned to take necessary precautions after a former resident was diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease. Legionnaires’ disease is a severe form of pneumonia, and it is not yet clear how the former resident contracted the disease.

The community’s management sent a letter to residents last Wednesday that provided information about Legionnaires’ disease, including symptoms and where to seek treatment. The Florida Department of Health in Orange County took water samples from the community last Thursday, and planned to hyperchlorinate the water later that day. The test results are expected to take two weeks.

Legionnaires’ disease is caused by Legionella bacteria that is aerosolized and inhaled into the lungs, such as from mist emitted by a shower or jacuzzi. The community center reportedly has an outdoor heated pool and a fitness center. The exact source of the bacteria in the community is not yet known.

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Jules Zacher is an attorney in Philadelphia who has tried Legionnaires’ disease cases across the U.S.  Please visit LegionnaireLawyer.com again for updates.

Posted by jzacher">jzacher at 12:04 pm
Jul
13
2017
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Shelby County Health Department officials have confirmed a sixth case of Legionnaires’ disease associated with The Guest House at Graceland hotel.

The aquatic facilities at the hotel located  in the 3600 block of Elvis Presley Blvd. is still temporarily closed.

Officials stated that those who visited The Guest House at Graceland between May 15 and June 26 and have experienced symptoms need to contact the Shelby County Health Department Hotline at (901) 222-9299.

Posted by jzacher">jzacher at 10:13 am
Jul
12
2017
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116 cooling towers in the Lenox Hill area were tested for Legionella bacteria following an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease. Out of those, 42 towers contained traces of Legionella bacteria, while 24 of those cooling towers had levels high enough to cause illness.

The city has since ordered that all of the towers that tested positive be fully cleaned and disinfected. However, it has not been released where the towers that tested positive are located.

These results come after seven cases and one death from Legionnaires’ disease were identified within a half-kilometer radius of the Lenox Hill neighborhood. The health department has ruled that the outbreak was likely caused by mist emitted from cooling towers, rather than bathing or drinking water. The investigation has reportedly since been closed, despite the health department’s inability to determine the specific source of the outbreak.

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Jules Zacher is an attorney in Philadelphia who has tried Legionnaires’ disease cases across the U.S.  Please visit LegionnaireLawyer.com again for updates.

Posted by jzacher">jzacher at 12:25 pm
Jul
10
2017
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Five cases of Legionnaires’ disease are believed to be associated with The Guest House at Graceland. While the hotel remains open to the public, the aquatic facilities at the hotel are currently closed. The Shelby County Health Department is working with the Tennessee Department of Health to investigate this area of the hotel as the possible source of the Legionella bacteria.

Legionnaires’ disease is a type of pneumonia that is contracted by inhaling mist or water vapor contaminated with Legionella bacteria. Not everyone who comes in contact with Legionella bacteria develops Legionnaires’ disease. Those that are more susceptible are people over the age of 50, former or current smokers, or people with compromised immune systems. Symptoms may include high fevers, coughing, vomiting, headaches, and lethargy. Antibiotics are typically used to treat Legionnaires’ disease.

The Guest House at Graceland, managed by Pyramid Hotel Group, released a statement saying that the hotel remains open and fully operational, and by closing the aquatics at the hotel they are taking the proper precautions while the Shelby County Health Department completes their investigation.

Graceland also released a statement, and indicated that they are working closely with Pyramid Hotel Group to ensure the safety of the guests, and that the outbreak is not affecting the Graceland attraction or tours in any way.

If you believe you or someone you know has been diagnosed with this disease, Contact us to see what we can do to help.

Jules Zacher is an attorney in Philadelphia who has tried Legionnaires’ disease cases across the U.S.  Please visit LegionnaireLawyer.com again for updates.

Posted by jzacher">jzacher at 3:27 pm
Jul
10
2017
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention‘s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report provided data that in 2015, 6,079 cases of Legionnaires’ disease occurred nationwide. Of those cases, 2,809 occurred in 20 states and New York City, and among that figure, 468 cases were possibly associated with health care facilities, while 85 of those definitely were.

Of the 85 cases confirmed to be associated with health care facilities, 68 of them- or 80%- were associated with long-term care facilities, and and 15- or 18%- were associated with hospitals.

Legionnaires’ disease is a type of bacterial pneumonia caused by exposure to Legionella bacteria. The bacteria grows in water systems and pipes, and can even develop in cooling towers, spas, or fountains.

This analysis brings attention to the need for health care facilities to take extra precautions when it comes to the risk of Legionella bacteria development. The vulnerability of the residents and patients at long-term care facilities and hospitals is a large factor in the high number of cases of Legionnaires’ disease. Elderly people and those with underlying medical conditions are more susceptible to developing the disease after being exposed to the bacteria.

If you believe you or someone you know has been diagnosed with this disease, Contact us to see what we can do to help.

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Posted by jzacher">jzacher at 11:24 am
Jul
06
2017
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Last week, the Guest House at Graceland hotel on Elvis Presley Boulevard shut down its pool area after three individuals were diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease. Now, that number has risen to five cases of Legionnaires’ disease believed to be associated with the hotel.

Legionnaires’ disease is caused by exposure to Legionella bacteria which is found in water. While many individuals who are exposed to the bacteria do not become ill, those with compromised immune systems or underlying medical conditions are more likely to experience Legionella-related illness. Symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease resemble that of pneumonia, and can include lethargy, fever, shortness of breath, coughing, and vomiting. Typically, symptoms arise two to fourteen days after exposure to the bacteria.

If you are experiencing symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease and visited the Guest House at Graceland between May 15 and June 26, 2017, the Shelby County Health Department can be reached at 901-222-9299.

If you believe you or someone you know has been diagnosed with this disease, Contact us to see what we can do to help.

Jules Zacher is an attorney in Philadelphia who has tried Legionnaires’ disease cases across the U.S.  Please visit LegionnaireLawyer.com again for updates.

Posted by jzacher">jzacher at 10:35 am
Jul
05
2017
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Two LA Fitness centers were under investigation for Legionella bacteria after a total of four club members were diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease. The fitness center located at 12700 South Orange Blossom Trail recently tested positive for Legionella bacteria. Now, the fitness center at 4792 Kirkman Road has also tested positive for Legionella bacteria.

Both gyms were advised by the health department to hyperchlorinate the water and put filters on shower heads located within their facilities. The facilities are awaiting the follow-up test results to see if these measures have eliminated the risk of Legionella transmission. LA Fitness has reportedly hired a water treatment company to treat both facilities.

If you believe you or someone you know has been diagnosed with this disease, Contact us to see what we can do to help.

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Posted by jzacher">jzacher at 1:29 pm